The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery issued proposed regulations to reduce organic waste in landfills as required by Senate Bill 1383. The bill directed CalRecycle to adopt regulations to reduce organic waste by 50 percent from its 2014 baseline level by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. SB 1383 also requires the regulations to recover, for human consumption, at least 20 percent of edible food that is currently thrown away.
The proposed regulations, issued Jan. 18, will impose significant administrative requirements on local agencies. They must implement programs requiring organic waste generators (those who initially create organic waste) and haulers (those who transport solid waste to a solid waste facility) to comply with CalRecycle regulations. Local agencies that do not comply with the regulations may face hefty penalties or enforcement action.
While the proposed regulations would not take effect until Jan. 1, 2022, cities, counties or special districts providing solid waste handling services should review the proposed regulations and provide public comment during the 45-day comment period that ends March 4. All related rulemaking documents and information on how to submit public comment can be found here. Below are some of the key provisions affecting local agencies: